RACP Grant Applications Period Opens

Harrisburg – January 4, 2017 – Applications for grants available through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) are now being accepted through Feb. 3, state Senator Jay Costa announced. 

RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Governor’s Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects.  

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Senate Democrats Announce Committee Chairmanships for 2017-18 Legislative Session

Harrisburg, December 29, 2016  – Senate Democrats today announced committee chairmanships for the upcoming 2017-18 legislative session, set to begin on Jan. 3, 2017.

“Our Senate Democratic committee chairs have the breadth and depth of experience, expertise and institutional knowledge necessary to address issues important to and affecting Pennsylvanians and their families,” Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said.  “We recognize the challenges in front of us in the upcoming session and look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate and the House on policy issues and legislation that will move Pennsylvania forward.”

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Costa: Application Process for Medical Marijuana Organizations Set to Open in Early 2017

Harrisburg – December 21, 2016 – New details regarding the availability of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania were released by the Wolf administration today marking the first major step in the legalization process since the landmark legislation (Act 16) was signed into law, state Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said.

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Grant Funds Secured for Redevelopment Project in Homewood

Harrisburg – November 29, 2016 – Redevelopment of the site at 7800 Susquehanna Street in Homewood will be bolstered by $1 million in state grant funds, state Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Representative Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) announced today.

The $1 million grant was approved through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

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Senate Democrats Announce Leadership Team

Harrisburg – November 16, 2016 – Senate Democrats today elected leaders for the 2017-18 legislative session. State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) was re-elected Democratic Floor Leader.

 

“It is an honor and a privilege to once again be chosen to serve the caucus as Leader,” Costa said. “We face many challenges moving into the new session but our members are focused and determined to address key issues and provide for the needs of all Pennsylvanians.”

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State Senate Hearing in Monroeville Focuses on Charter School Reform

Monroeville – October 13, 2016 – At the request of state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on the role of charter schools in public education.

 

“I hope today’s hearing gives us a better sense of how the charter school system works; how it complements — or detracts from traditional public schools; and ways we can make these schools more efficient, transparent and accountable,” said Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh), who chairs the committee.

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Senator Costa Participates in Capitol Rally to Focus on Fight Against Opioid Abuse

September 20, 2016 – State Sen. Jay Costa joined members of the Legislative Heroin, Opioid, Prevention and Education (HOPE) Caucus, along with Gov. Tom Wolf, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, administration officials, advocates and families participated in a rally on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the main Capitol Rotunda for continued funding and support to combat the growing opioid epidemic.

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RACP Grant Applications Period Opens

Harrisburg – January 4, 2017 – Applications for grants available through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) are now being accepted through Feb. 3, state Senator Jay Costa announced.  RACP is a commonwealth grant program...

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